Daycare For Jedi - This Is What You Get - (6/10)
Published on May 19, 2017
Coming from Denmark, Daycare For Jedi are a bit different than what would normally be covered here at The Metal Observer. The band is a pop-punk band, with some hardcore influences here and there, but largely far removed from the metal genre. However, there is nothing wrong with branching out a bit (like how metal has embraced electronic acts in the last few years) and taking a listen to what else the world of music can offer. This Is What You Get is the band’s debut, and features some catchy songwriting, and shows a band full of energy, if not still getting a grasp on what they’re looking to accomplish.
One thing instantly noticeable about the album is the production. The songs come across more raw than what most would think about pop-punk. Where the genre is usually heavily produced and made to sound “perfect” to better fit the pop mold, Daycare For Jedi gets points on taking a more organic approach, focusing more on the punk side of things in this regard. However, the remainder of the album is much more focused on the actual pop-punk combination, and creating something for and of the genre. There are some heavier riffs and some metal sounding guitar lines here and there, mixed with hardcore breakdowns, but the guitars largely focus on the more simplistic riffs and driving energy that three chords can produce with ease.
Vocally speaking, the record features mostly cleans, but there are some hardcore gang vocals and barks occasionally in the breakdown sections, which work with the poppier side of the band well, and don’t feel too out of place or awkward. The influences of the band ring throughout the record, and there is nothing exactly new on this album by any means, but the combination of the sounds works well with the production and is fairly enjoyable.
Now, one thing that comes across as a personal let down is the chorus aspect of the band. With pop-punk, there are always the big choruses, where the lyrics and vocal patterns are catchy and get stuck in your head for hours and days. There have been plenty of bands that have catered to this model, and Daycare For Jedi do not really hit this mark. Now, for some that could be a great thing, but there’s something about the album that seems to be trying to reach that level but never quite getting there. There are some lines and choruses that seem as if they are getting to the point of hitting that next tier, but fall somewhat short, and become enjoyable if not unremarkable or not very memorable. Sure, the album has plenty of tracks that are not trying to get to that aspect either, so it’s a strange portion of the band’s music, where it seems as if they are not quite sure which route they want to take. Instead of totally punk or pop, there’s a straddling of the line at times that feels unfulfilled or not fully realized. Further, while the album is not very long, it also seems fairly forgettable by the time it is over. Perhaps the lack of catchy choruses leads to this, but there also feels as if the rest of the music is not confident enough yet. The band is more than capable of forming songs that flow well, just lacking on how to make them really stick in your head. While the album is not bad by any means, it doesn’t do too much to warrant a lot of repeat spins, which is what a lot of pop-punk begs for more than not.
While This Is What You Get is not exactly a bad record, it seems as if the band is still figuring themselves out. They have a few EP’s already, but the seasoning is not there. Not sure which side of the genre to focus on leads them to sound not too comfortable with either, and the songwriting can be fun and harmless, but also feels forgotten after 41 minutes. While the Prime Collective debut album will certainly find it’s audience, fans of the genre will likely realize as well that this is a band that is growing, and this album is an example of these guys trying to better find themselves. A few years down the line and some more recording should do the band well, and maybe we will see them on The Metal Observer sometime down the road.